Three men in the US were charged to court on Wednesday over conspiracy to support the Islamic State. U.S. authorities said two of them included those who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group.
The three men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested while on his way to Syria; Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, of Uzbekistan was arrested in his attempt to travel to Istanbul and Abror Habibov, 30, of Uzbekistan, was accused of funding Saidakhmetov’s efforts.
Juraboev, a friend with Saidakhmetov was arrested following a message posted on an Uzbek-language website stating his desire to join Islamic State and his willingness to kill U.S. President Barack Obama, a tip that drew attention of federal agents.
Investigators recorded conversations between the two men of Juraboev and Saidakhmetov using a confidential informant who approached Juraboev at a mosque, posing as a sympathizer.
The complaint says the men discussed how to carry out attacks in the United States.”I will just go a buy a machine gun, AK-47, go out and shoot all police,” Saidakhmetov was quoted as saying.
A number of others have been charged recently with aiding Islamic State. At a speech in Washington earlier on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey said Islamic State was using propaganda to attract “troubled souls.”
He said there are Islamic State-related investigations into homegrown extremists in all 50 states.